New Street Name Plates

Following requests from Alan, Jill and Hamish, new street name plate signs (in some cases replacements of ones that have mysteriously disappeared!) have recently been installed by Sutton Council in a number of locations in Carshalton Central ward:-

1) Alma Road, junction with Shorts Road.

2) Pound Street, at the Windsor Castle junction.

3) Rossdale, at the junction with Westmead Road.

4) Ruskin Road, at the junction with The Park.

St Philomena’s School expansion

stphilomenaslogo_1A planning application has been submitted for the expansion of St Philomena’s school (C2015/71900) to provide an additional one- form entry of 30 pupils totalling 200 extra pupils over seven years. As there are currently 1303 pupils this will take the overall total to 1503 pupils.

In 2015/16, the first year after expansion, the number of year 7 (first year) pupils will rise from 204 to 234 pupils. The school has undertaken that all the expansion will come from Sutton Borough children. The expansion will consist of eight new classrooms in a two storey building.

At present 60% of pupils come from outside the Sutton boundaries. The 2012 School Travel Plan shows that 27% of pupils were driven or drove to school, or shared cars or “parked and strode”.  A total of 41% caught the bus, 18% used rail and 15% walked or cycled. The 2013/14 school travel survey showed a slight increase in bus users at 44%.

However, no new car parking or vehicular access arrangements form part of the application. But a parking study has been conducted by the school in the Poets Estate area  – bounded by Shorts Rd/Alma Rd, Colston Avenue and stretching along Westmead Rd from Westmead Corner to Browning Avenue and Highfield Rd. This shows an existing capacity of 84% of parking spaces when max capacity is defined as 85%.

Many residents report parents parking across their drives and on double yellow lines, especially in Shorts Rd/Alma Road, and in the area around Westmead Corner. Jill and Alan recently met the Head Teacher to discuss options. They asked that the school stagger opening and closing times, encourage more pupils to use public transport or walk/cycle, older children in particular. They asked for proactive enactment of the School’s travel plan and greater enforcement of parental behaviour at school start and finish times.

To comment on the school plans please visit Sutton Council’s online planning register at: or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070 or email  by 17th July 2015.

Obstructive parking/Yellow Line Schemes in Carshalton Central neighbourhood

Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: “Sutton Council will be advertising proposals for yellow line schemes at junctions as part of the on-going Environmental Improvement Programme. We’re advised that the Notice of Proposal will be advertised in the Sutton Guardian and London Gazette and will also be displayed in the relevant roads on Thursday 14th November 2013.”

The list of affected roads is below.
  • Fairview Road, Sutton
  • Croft Road, Corrib Road and Meadow Road, Sutton
  • Croft Road and Ringstead Road, Sutton
  • Harrow Road and Oxford Road, Carshalton

Please address any observations on this proposal to the consultation ends Thursday 5th December 2013. The officer dealing with these schemes is Denise Thompson, Technical Support Officer, Highways, Transport and Smarter Travel, Environment and Neighbourhoods Directorate, London Borough of Sutton, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2JG. Her E-mail

Sutton Council Tax unchanged since 2010



Allen House, 1 Westmead Road – Major Planning Application

Cllr. Alan Salter reports: “Sutton Council has just received a planning application No: C2013/68319/O2R for Allen House 1 Westmead Road, Sutton SM1 4LA quite near Westmead Corner and Rossdale which are already heavily-parked areas. The proposal is to allow the conversion of existing offices into two 2-bed and eight 1-bed self contained flats with provision of four car parking spaces on existing forecourt. Details can be viewed on the attached link Web Address: AltRef=C2013/68319. Residents may wish to comment on the application and whilst doing so, consider whether there is sufficient room for 2 x 2 bed flats and 8 x 1 bed flats on this quite small site next to the railway and zebra crossing with only four car parking spaces”.  More in a future posting…


Streetcare Survey

Local Cllrs. Jill Whitehead and Hamish Pollock undertook a street care survey of some roads on Friday morning, 28th June 2013 and we have reported the following matters:-

Cllr. Jill Whitehead at the Kings Lane south bridge where the pavement was widened by Sutton Council recently

Cllr. Jill Whitehead at the Kings Lane south bridge where the pavement was widened by Sutton Council recently

1) Waterloo Road, Sutton:  Yellow lines very worn at junction with Sutton Grove and white parking bay lines very worn outside 20-22 Waterloo Road.
2) Junction of Waterloo Road and Sutton Grove: the white lines and Give Way signs painted on road are very worn.
3) Kings Lane bridge (north) asked that the council clear weeds on the east side near Weihurst Gardens junction.
4) Kings Lane bridge (south) to clear weeds and renew double yellow lines worn on both sides approaching bridge from the Warren Park side.
5) Kings Lane southbound lane heading towards the south bridge a “SLOW” sign is required on road. We observed speeding cars at this point.
6) Next to no. 19 Kings Lane by the alleyway entrance the “No cycling” sign is very worn away and the supporting pole is very rusted away – could this be replaced?
7) Hawthorn Road: Lots of weeds in the gutter outside no. 24.
8) Harrow Road: we noted lots of excessive basal growth to street trees outside numbers 54/56 and 58/60, and also outside 62/64. We asked the council to please try to keep hollyhocks at the latter location!
9) The junction of Harrow Road on the west side junction with Carshalton Road. Could the area by the advert sign be tidied- TfL responsibility perhaps? Lots of long grass and weeds which are very unsightly!
10) Ringstead Road: Please could the broken kerb be mended by the street tree near to 14 Ringstead Road, north of the junction with Croft Road.
 11) Outside no. 75 Westmead Road lots of weeds noted on pavement outside the QVS depot/yard entrance.
12) Harold Road: The hedge by the pavement on the west side of road leading to Benhill Recreation Ground needs clipping back to the chain link fence line.  

Carshalton Athletic Football Club & Carshalton High School for Girls sports plans

Residents in the vicinity of the football club off Colston Avenue, Carshalton will receive from Jill, Alan and Hamish in the next day or two a Special FOCUS leaflet. Please see link to the leaflet at the bottom of this posting.

We will be delivering the leaflet to all households in nearby roads in the Poets’ Estate (northern, eastern and middle sections as far as Kingsley Avenue) and also eastern end of Westmead Road, and all of Highfield Road and Rossdale. The leaflet contains the following text:-

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Council’s Environment & Neighbourhoods Committee, says: “Your ward councillors and three local resident representatives recently met the Carshalton Athletic Football Club Chairman (CAFC) and his team to discuss their plans for a new all-weather football pitch, to replace the current earth pitch. They intend to apply for substantial funds from the Football Association and submit a planning application to Sutton Council in the autumn, with building starting in summer 2014. They plan to replace current training activity in Wrythe Recreation Ground with activity on the all-weather pitch in the ground, thus reducing traffic and parking stress along Brookfield Avenue.

Cllr. Alan Salter adds: “In order to reduce other parking and traffic stress in the Colston Avenue area, the club plans to seek double yellow lines and road signage for its entrance in Colston Avenue, and also direct visitors to park in a largely unused alternative car park at the rear of the ground next to the Woodland Trust nature reserve, which can accommodate significant numbers of cars. We have asked the club to look at ways the new pitch (if it is agreed) could be shielded from residents in Mead Crescent to reduce noise and light problems e.g. by planting trees or erecting a noise barrier. CAFC is currently going door- to- door in local roads to seek local residents’ views on their proposals, and will report back shortly on their consultation exercise.

Cllr. Hamish Pollock, Chair of the Council’s Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee added: “We have also just been alerted to plans by Carshalton High School for Girls to build a new sports hall, on the adjacent site next to Carshalton Athletic Football Club. This could put extra parking pressure on residents in Brookfield Avenue, who have already commented to us about parental parking, and in other roads on the Poets Estate, as well as problems of lighting and noise currently referred to by local residents.”

More in a future posting.

FOCUS Special June 2013 Carshalton Athletic


Rossdale, Sutton – Potholes and Yellow Line Repairs Reported

Local Cllr. Jill Whitehead has reported numerous potholes in Rossdale having inspected the road surface recently. She said:

 “I have received a lot of complaints about potholes and the state of the road surface in Rossdale (a cul de sac) from a number of residents. They believe some of these to be dangerous to pedestrians in this road where a lot of elderly people live. This school is also next to Shorts Road and suffers from a lot of overflow parking from people travelling to and from St. Philomena’s school and the car boot sales there.  The road is also used by railway Carshalton station commuters and Carshalton football club users.”

On inspection, she found pot holes in the road outside nos 4, 6, 10, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 and 26. There are also a number of different road surfaces which does not help, and a number of pothole cracks have arisen between these different surfaces (e.g. outside nos 10 and 12 and outside nos 6, and 17/19).
The double yellow lines also need repainting at the entrance to Rossdale and in particular outside no 4 Rossdale which is a slight cul de sac off a cul de sac. The residents are petitioning their neighbours for something to be done, and have asked for a new road surface rather than more infilling of potholes.
Jill has asked officers if they will be doing works soon in Rossdale either to repair the potholes or put in a new road surface? This road has also had problems with drains and water soakaways which have probably made the potholes worse.  More in a future posting…
Rossdale road name sign repainted as requested by local councillors

Rossdale road name sign repainted as requested by local councillors